2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum CrewMax 4×4 Review & Test Drive

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety functions, such as the blind-spot screen with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. The rates scale rapidly captures up with the competition as you go higher into the trim levels where the Limited starts at $46,850 and my Tundra Platinum CrewMax 4 × 4 with the 6.5-foot bed, leveling suspension, the power running boards, and power tow mirrors, evaluates out at $63,939. At the top end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

In the past, Ive described many times how Toyotas systematic method to upgrading their automobiles has done well for them thinking about how trusted and trusted the brand name has been for many years. To reiterate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to take on the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that does away with the old V8 engine for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine (i-Force) and a new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, promotes enhancements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels primarily direct and does a good job of discovering the correct equipment without unnecessary shifting.

To heighten the Tundras location among the competitors, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the rear does take a while to complete through the dash button however shows to be really advantageous for pulling or carrying heavy items to prevent rear droop and potentially improve upon stability at speed. The total appearance of my test vehicle appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the typical trip height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you require additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the schedule of power tow mirrors found on my test lorry that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are currently super big and typically produce a little blind area that you must be conscious when steering.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was past time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competitors. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its reliability factor however there were many locations in requirement of much improvement, which I believe the all-new 2022 model has attended to with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels together with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the proper part for having its distinct character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals in advance and out back. What is missing out on, in my viewpoint, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” but has a power-retractable step for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the chauffeurs side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

Toyotas long-standing and proven dependability need to equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and an impressive build quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a cool roar that Toyota managed to invoke from smart engineering.

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competition pays off well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The new infotainment system is really responsive and has a brief knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of hidden functions that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you allow it. The system is uncomplicated and extremely open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new integrations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works flawlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

For the most part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is excellent with an initial grab that inspired some confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can temporarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a new initial automobile start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

At the end of the day, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather delighted with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own rivals or newcomers, the new Tundra will do simply great to catch some who may have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of dependability.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I remember in the outbound model and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are warmed and ventilated in advance as well as for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant area, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa and has big storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select a base SR trim with the smaller sized double cab, which also has a max payload of 1,940 pounds (5,095 curb weight/gross weight at 7,035 pounds). From there, towing is only slightly down with trims like my test vehicle maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, particularly in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test vehicle, and a lot more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the driver is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a fully digital 12.3-inch screen providing you all essential lorry details and a number of customizable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes requirement for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Fuel usage is much improved as you would expect with the Tundra now getting 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg integrated in the 4 × 4 setup of my Tundra Platinum CrewMax long-bed test automobile. Where things start to get even much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). At a starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. At the top end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Fuel usage is much enhanced as you would anticipate with the Tundra now getting 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg integrated in the 4 × 4 setup of my Tundra Platinum CrewMax long-bed test car. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

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